Fire Department

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Matt Fratus

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Mat Fratus has worked in fire and emergency services for over 30 years, and has served as the Fire Chief for the City of Rialto since 2011. As the fire Chief, he is responsible for all aspects of fire, rescue, and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) delivery, community risk reduction/fire prevention, and disaster preparedness. Chief Fratus holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire academy in Emmetsburg MD.

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  • Administration Address:        131 S. Willow Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376
  • Business Phone Number:       909-820-2501
  • Business Fax Number:           909-421-0824
  • Facebook Page:                      www.facebook.com/rialtofiredepartment

Welcome to the webpage for the Rialto Fire Department.

” Dedicated to Excellence, Service with Compassion “.

Division Chief - Sean Grayson

Division Chief, Sean Grayson

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Sean Grayson started his fire service career as a Firefighter in 1994. He worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, Captain and Battalion Chief in the Bay Area of Northern California before coming to the Rialto Fire Department in 2014. In 2015 he was promoted to Division Chief for the Rialto Fire Department.

Sean has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program and is an internationally designated Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission on Professional Credentialing. Sean is a State Certified Chief Officer and Instructor.

In his current assignment Sean oversees the departments Emergency Operations including all responders across the three shifts supervised by Rialto Fire Department Battalion Chiefs.

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Battalion Chief, Art Poduska

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Art Poduska started his fire service career with the Rialto Fire Department in June of 1986 as a reserve firefighter. During this time, he also worked as an EMT with Mercy Ambulance based out of Fontana, California. On September 6th, 1988, Art was hired as a full time firefighter and attended the Crafton Hills Fire Academy Class #18, graduating in November 1988.

During his 28 year career, Art was promoted to Engineer in January 2000, Captain in November 2003, and Battalion Chief in December, 2013. Art attended Chaffey College and earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology in June of 1985. Art has also completed many fire service related classes at Crafton Hills College and Ben Clark Training Center in Riverside, California. Art was voted Firefighter of the Year for 2013.

Battalion Chief Poduska recently completed his Chief Officer Certification requirements through California State Fire Training. Under his current position as Battalion Chief, Art oversees programs such as Buildings and Grounds, CERT/Amateur Radio program, Communications Equipment, Disaster Preparedness, Fire Explorers, Fire Engineer/Certified Driver testing, and Grants management.

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Battalion Chief Brian Park

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Battalion Chief, Kevin Collinge

Battalion Chief, Kevin Collinge

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EMS Coordinator, Joe Powell

EMS Coordinator, Joe Powell

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Assistant Fire Marshal Keri Walton

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Kerri began volunteering with the fire department December 2002. In August 2004, Kerri was hired as a full time code enforcement officer in the Rialto Police Department. In March 2005, Kerri returned to the Fire Department as an inspector. In January of 2013, she was  recuited as Assistant Fire Marshal

Duties include: new construction inspections, annual and business license inspections, coordinating plan review, and overseeing the apartment inspection program.

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Our City

The Rialto Fire Department serves the City of Rialto, an urban city with a population of over 100,000, located in San Bernardino County part of Southern California’s Inland Empire. The City encompasses 22 square miles and, in addition to its residential population, includes two major freeways, a large petroleum tank farm, one of California’s largest rail yards, and distribution facilities for several of America’s largest retailers.

Our History

Formed in 1905, the Rialto Fire Department became part of the City of Rialto upon the City’s incorporation on November 17, 1911. Initially formed to provide fire protection and emergency response for an agricultural community of 850 people, the Rialto Fire Department has seen significant changes in meeting the service needs of community.

Our Mission

The mission of the Rialto Fire Department is to enhance the health and well-being of our community through excellence in emergency medical services, fire protection, and risk reduction. We are committed to meet the public’s needs with compassionate service, professionalism, and innovation.

Our Department

The Rialto Fire Department deploys from four fire stations staffed by 24 hours per day by career firefighters and one administrative office. The Rialto Fire Department staffs one battalion chief, three engine companies, one truck company and four paramedic ambulances each day. On-duty personnel also provide staffing for a Hazardous Materials unit and an Urban Search and Rescue unit.


Related Content:

Ambulance Operator Program

Emergency Medical Service

Explorer Program

Community Classes/ Programs

Prevention

Organizational Chart

Real-Time Incident Information

Meet Our New Employees

  Strategic Plan 2016-2020


Find your local fire station:

  • Fire Station 201:         131 S. Willow Avenue
  • Fire Station 202:         1700 N. Riverside Avenue
  • Fire Station 203:         1550 N. Ayala Drive
  • Fire Station 204:         3288 N. Alder Avenue

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